Autism and Mind–Body Therapies: A Systematic Review
For the upcoming Science Sutras Journal club, we will be discussing a recent article on mind-body therapies for Autism. Join us on August 9th at 7:30pm for an engaging discussion on this article. Reading it ahead of time might be helpful but not required. Come with your questions!
"Mind–body therapies or techniques are used by up to 30% of people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).1 Mind–body therapies encompass a wide range of practices that focus on a connection between the mind, body, and health. Why individuals with ASD may use mind–body therapies, however, is unknown. That is, are mind–body therapies being used to treat core ASD characteristics? Are they used to address co-occurring conditions? It is also not known how successful such therapies are for people with ASD. In one parent survey, up to 80% of those who had used mind–body therapies for their children with ASD reported the therapies to be “moderately” or “very” helpful, but it was not specified in what way these therapies were helpful."
"This review evaluated mind–body studies that include individuals with ASD. Specifically, this review examined the types of mind–body practices, outcomes, and accessibility adaptations that have been explored for people with ASD."
Hourston S & Atchley R. (2017). Autism and Mind–Body Therapies: A Systematic Review. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. May 2017, 23(5): 331-339.